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I spent five wonderful hours outside in my own backyard this morning. Dug more garden bed area, finished churning in the rest of the winter compost, covered much of the area that will be vegetable beds soon with watered-in cardboard. I dunno, I think it will make the earth warm and later I can rip the cardboard around the base of plants to help hold down the weeds. Seemed like a good idea. Can’t hurt.

I have a green thumb though not the kind green thumb where one grows and reaps exactly what one plans to grow and reap. I’m just pretty good at making a place where plants like to grow. I welcome them the best I can and try to keep them from choking each other. I plant what I want and then I sort of take on the role of Sherpa. I’ll bring stuff (water, fertilizer) to the plants and try to get the crowdy guys out of the way and we will see who makes it through the season in fine fettle - and who just makes it through the season with a good story. I’m open to both.

So anyway, five hours outside (yes, with sunscreen and a hat) washes the mind of strong feelings and precise words. 

So today I am going to post some of Len’s osprey photos from this past week.

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What a glorious day! I, too, spent it in the garden: transplanting here and there, weeding, just enjoying the weather. Love the Osprey photos. Where are they?

Where are they? Any where near your home?

Tuff weekend, lost a young ( to me ) minister friend at the end of the week... Bad sleep patterns didn't help but a day in the sun puttering around and doing some cleanup on the back patio feels good... And a singing 3yr old Great niece singing " you are my sunshine" to make Uncle's Franc & Michael not feel soo bad about losing Tim. ( !!!PRICELESS!!! )
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I'm so sorry for the loss of a friend. Glad for the sweet comfort of a little kid.

It feels so good to be outside and be with nature. The osprey pictures are awesome We put 2 bird feeders out this afternoon. One for the yellow finches. A sure cake in the tree. One for the “Other birds”. We’ve seen a pair of cardinals
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The ospreys are not too close, not too far from here. I'll send you an email, Kathryn, to tell you where exactly. Anyone else who is a birder and we know you, I will tell you for sure! Just ask! Len's been careful to not say exactly where they are because apparently there are creeps who like to bother and sometimes shoot them.
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Also, I know where you live Sedgwick, so I didn't think I needed to tell you precisely where they are since I think your won't drive 1000 miles to see them!!

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Three Things 9/11/2021

The photo is from a trip to Arizona that Len and I took several years ago. His employer had said he had to take vacation time.  We sat here in our office not knowing where to go or what to do; it came up that fast. We looked up cheap flights from Milwaukee,; Phoenix popped up for $150 round trip. That was how we decided.

Of course, we rented a car and stayed in motels and ate in restaurants so no, it wasn’t a $300 vacation.

Three Things 9/3/2021

1. This morning I was texting with Franc about our heritages. He was born and raised in the Midwest although his ancestors are from Puerto Rico. Being the child of children of a Caribbean Island means he probably has Taino DNA as well as African and European. Heck, he probably has Phoenician and Viking and Pacific Islander because island people and sailors have always thought each other cute.

Three Things 9/2/2021

Regarding Texas: I’m so angry today.

From The Buried: An Archeology of the Egyptian Revolution by Peter Hessler

Hessler is making a case that a significant reason for the failure of Egyptian governments is because citizens are not looking for competent political leaders. They vote for men who lambast the “corruption and immorality” of present leaders. They vote for those who promise a “return to our traditional Islamist values.”

Three Things 8/25/2021

One:

Where did these damn fruit flies come from? I borrowed a 400-page book from the library yesterday and just finished it an hour ago. ONE fruit fly bumped me every twenty minutes through the whole damn tome. I hit at it every time it zipped past but I never zapped it.

I’ll get him (or her?). I put an inch of apple cider vinegar into a glass, covered it with plastic wrap, punched some tiny holes, set it next to our fruit.

Bugs bug me.

Two:

Is it really August already?

I woke up this morning feeling wistful. It’s the third week of August. Where did this summer go?

I have not ridden my bike even once (there are giant construction trucks all over my favorite route). We’ve hardly entertained friends at our Bistro (the apron of the garage that I painted last year). We’ve not traveled other than to see our kids. My six tomato plants are producing an unenergetic number of tomatoes. Didn’t see the Perseids. Didn’t serve umbrella drinks by our pool. Oh wait, we don’t have a pool.

Len is Raising $ for the MAAC Fund Again

About this photo: these are the four guys who first started riding together, years ago. Jack heard about the MACC fund, so they all did it together. Last year, out riding one fine day for the fun and exercise of it, Tom, the tall guy, suffered a terrible accident and passed away. Sometimes when they ride together now, Tom's humorous and kind spirit accompanies them. 

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This is the MACC Fund  https://maccfund.org/

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